This article was written by Maureen Fitzpatrick, contributor to Visit South Jersey and author of ‘A Guide To New Jersey Craft Breweries, South Jersey.’
Glassboro, New Jersey is home to the growing Rowan University, and now hosts a thriving college center located along a one-third mile stretch called Rowan Boulevard. This fun area links the University with Glassboro’s retail district and includes several restaurants, retail stores, and even an escape room adventure. One of the newest occupants is quickly becoming one of the most popular, and for good reason. Axe & Arrow Brewing is an exciting new brewery with great ambience and fantastic beer.
Diving into the history of their Scottish heritage to come up with the alliterated, fun name of Axe & Arrow, the owners Krystle, Josh, and Greg will lure you to their brewery with their delicious beer and pleasant ambiance; no kilt necessary. Though a lockman in Scotland is known for being an executioner and a fletcher is an arrow maker, don’t let either frighten you. Rest assure that Josh and Krystle Lockman don’t want to execute anyone with Greg Fletcher’s arrows. In fact, the opposite is true. Their beer is the arrow that will pierce and revitalize you and make you hope to live long enough to come back for more…and more…and more.
The first thing you’ll notice as you enter is a large tasting room painted a warm olive green with a big enough bar to find that empty sweet spot to squeeze in and enjoy a beer. The tall ceilings and gray tiled floor give the feel of coziness and airiness at the same time. It’s the perfect place for a small gathering with plenty of space to mill around. The tables are amazing works of art, each unique with irregular edges and created from reclaimed wood.
Axe & Arrow Brewing was the brainchild of the trio. Greg and Josh started brewing separately about six years ago. At a barbeque one evening, the talk turned to craft breweries and cool locations to build one. That conversation, innocent as it was, sparked a concrete desire to create one.
After considering the farmland where Krystle and Josh live, a more densely populated Glassboro called to them. Axe & Arrow is in a perfect location, a part of Rowan Boulevard. Their entrance is on the square where multiple events happen year-round. There is plenty of parking. Two parking garages are within a short walk to the brewery, and a large shoulder allows for street parking. There is also what I call the “secret” lot located across High Street. It’s the easiest lot to park in, not as well known, and super close; just be sure to check the lot signage for hours.
Axe & Arrow plans on filling twenty taps eventually, but for now look for six to ten taps filled with such beers as the Axe, a double IPA and the Arrow, a West Coast IPA. Also on the menu is Krystle’s favorite, a Hefeweizen called Squeaky Wheel, named after her continued urging to the guys to brew her favorite beer. Axe & Arrow is having fun with their small batch series. They try new recipes in their smaller system, consider the feedback, and either scrap it, change it, or move it to the big brewing system. Their Blackberry Sour Target Range was born this way and is a big hit. Try it!
Axe & Arrow uses a unique brewing system called a BREWHA BIAC. This all-in-one system does the entire process in one vessel: mashing, boiling, and fermenting. This saves time, space, and lowers the risk of contamination. Thanks to this system, Corky Beans, an awesome coffee stout is ready for your drinking pleasure. You may decide to get a flight and try their lager too.
Axe & Arrow Brewing will be waiting for you with open arms. Come enjoy the beautiful tasting room, great beer, and good company. If you’re lucky, you might catch a music show out in the center square. Come hungry. Rowan Boulevard is expanding with new restaurants to add to the many that are already there. LaScala’s Fire is one of the latest and is the perfect place to order take-out, wood fired pizza, or pasta, to accompany your beer. Visit Axe & Arrow Brewing at 105 West High Street in Glassboro, on the square. Hours are Thursday and Friday 3pm to 10pm, Saturday 12pm to 10pm, and Sunday 12pm to 6pm.